Bladder health matters

November is Bladder Awareness Month. Riverwood would like to take this opportunity to help you learn about and take charge of your bladder health.

Good bladder health is essential because of the important role your bladder plays in storing and eliminating your urine effectively and at the appropriate times.

Some signs of a bladder problem may include:

  • Inability to hold urine or leaking urine
  • Needing to urinate more frequently or urgently
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain or burning before, during, or after urinating
  • Trouble starting or having a weak stream while urinating
  • Trouble emptying the bladder
  • Waking multiple times at night to urinate

If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your health care provider.

Bladder conditions like incontinence (inability to hold urine or urine leaking) are very treatable. Treatment for bladder problems may include behavioral and lifestyle changes, exercises, medications, surgery, or a combination of these treatments and others.

“Even advanced therapies are minimally invasive and very well tolerated,” explains Dr. Brandon Reynolds, urologist. “If there’s a bladder issue that’s bothering you, don’t let embarrassment prevent you from seeking care right away.”

Riverwood offers urology care from a compassionate and experienced team of experts. The team at Riverwood includes two urologists and surgeons, Dr. Brandon Reynolds and Dr. Matthew Watson;  Physician Assistant Elizabeth Lilley; Nurse Practitioner Cindy Hauser; and Nurse Coordinator Amanda Peka.

For a urology appointment at Riverwood’s specialty clinic in Aitkin, call 218-927-5566.